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Published May 02, 2010, 03:20 PM

Sunflower industry happy with crop insurance rule

Sunflower industry officials have long fought for better crop insurance. They say final rules for a simplified crop insurance plan might mark the end of the battle.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sunflower industry officials have long fought for better crop insurance. They say final rules for a simplified crop insurance plan might mark the end of the battle.

That means better security for farmers. And it might mean a more stable supply of the crop that ends up in stores as cooking oil, snacks and bird seed.

Federal Risk Management Agency officials have been working since 2006 on what is commonly known as the “Combo” insurance plan, which combines and simplifies five types of insurance available to farmers. Final rules have now been published in the Federal Register, and they include so-called “revenue protection” for sunflower crops.

That gives farmers protection against price drops, and it’s something they’ve fought for.

RMA and the National Sunflower Association say it shows how the government and farmers can work together.

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